Stay the Distance, Book 1

  • by Mara Dabrishus
  • Narrated by Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  • 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

July Carter's world is perfect from the back of a horse. From the ground, everything is a complete mess: Her jockey mom ran off for California years ago, her dad always seems more interested in the horses than in her, and the horse July wants for herself will never be hers.
Even though the New York racing circuit has taught her not to get attached, July can't help connecting with Kali, a hopeless filly that refuses to run when it counts. When bankruptcy rumors start swirling around the barn, the future is murkier than ever. July can't stand losing one more thing, and Beck, the barn owner's son, knows more about the rumors than anyone else. July will get the truth, even if she has to pry it out of him, for Kali's sake and her own.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Sweet, fresh, real.....

Where does Stay the Distance, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

I would say this book ranks in my top 50 audiobooks:)

What did you like best about this story?

As an avid equestrian I was appreciative of the knowledge of horses/racing that was entirely accurate down to the smallest of details.

I loved that the story itself was very realistic- the characters were likeable, and the problems were normal every day things so many of us encounter.

Have you listened to any of Sarah Mollo-Christensen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not, but I did enjoy her as the narrator and would definitely listen to a book narrated by her again:)

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did feel some kinship with the main character, in how she views the horses in her care, and comes t terms with that she can control and that which she must just accept.

Any additional comments?

All in all definitely a worthwhile read, I'm excited for the next in this series!

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- Chasina McGee

So, So Good!!

Narration - Sarah Mollo-Christensen - Really Terrific! Love her voice! Love her narrative voice, loved her character voices, really great production quality! I've listened to one other of her productions and I thought it was good but this one is even better!

I really enjoyed this book. I don't think the blurb really does it justice. The story primarily revolves around the horse racing circuit with sub-plots regarding July's family and the abandonment by her mother, the Delaney family, and a romance.

I would categorize this as a 'smart' book. Well written and the author obviously knows her stuff about horses and racing, (or she at least convinced me that she knows about it) as I am someone who knows only the extraneous information about horses and racing.

July is kind of an emotional mess where her mom is concerned and yet she's smart and strong at the same time. The banter between her and Beck is really enjoyable. She's spent her whole life around horses and at 18 is yet to have a boyfriend or even been kissed.

Beck has lived the privileged life - his parents own the barn and all the horses where July and her father work and train - and he still calls her 'kiddo' even though he's less than a year older than her.

The races are explained with remarkable drama and detail even down to the personalities and idiosyncrasies of the different horses. I'm bummed that I can't blaze right into the next book in this series. I'm kinda invested in July and her family now and most certainly will be looking for the next installment in this series.

Really terrific audiobook!

I received a copy of this audiobook free of charge from AudiobookBoom in exchange for an unbiased review
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2016
  • Publisher: Mara Dabrishus